50 Cent with Lloyd Banks

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50 Cent was signed to Columbia Records in 1999. The rapper promptly cut 36 songs which resulted in Power of a Dollar, an unreleased album that featured the controversial single, How to Rob. In the song 50 daydreams of robbing famous rappers such as Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah and Sticky Fingaz. Unsurprisingly, the song's targets were not amused and a series of anonymous death threats followed.Beginning to attract interest, and now backed by the G-Unit crew, 50 Cent kept grinding out more songs. With a red, white and blue bootleg called 50 Cent is the Future circulating, the 50 Cent spark was turning into a five-alarm fire. In the midst of a major-label bidding war between Jive, Universal and J, according to reports, Eminem began proclaiming repeatedly that 50 Cent was his favorite rapper.On December 11, 2009, 50 Cent was ranked as the 6th best artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. (Also ranking as the 4th Top male artist and as the 3rd Top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly)[8] He was also ranked as the 6th best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.[9] Billboard Magazine also named him the #1 Rap Song Artist of the 2000-2009 decade.[10] His album Get Rich or Die Tryin' was ranked as the 12th best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.[11] and the album The Massacre ranking as the 37th best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.[1